An interesting new report has revealed that over half of tenants in the private rental sector claim to have had energy efficiency improvements refused by their landlord.
The investigation of 500 tenants, conducted by PropertyLetByUs.com, also reveals that almost 70% have made requests for further improvements. Another 76% of tenants believe their property has an old or faulty gas boiler, which they feel is unreliable. 48% also said their accommodation does not have double glazing.
From April 2016, tenants living in property with either a F and G Energy Performance Certificate rating have legally been permitted to ask for improvements to their home. These requests include loft or cavity wall insulation.
Under the new regulations, tenants are entitled to request a more energy efficient home. Should a buy-to-let landlord fail to comply, they could face a penalty notice, so be warned!
Jane Morris, Managing Director of PropertyLetByUs, noted, ‘it is very disappointing to see that so many tenants have been refused when they have requested their landlords make improvements to the property. Landlords that are trying to rent cold, draughty and damp accommodation should immediately start improving their properties. Otherwise, they could be falling foul of the legislation that requires them to bring their properties up to an E rating.’
‘It is estimated that around one million tenants are paying as much as £1,000 a year more for heating than the average annual bill of £1,265. These excessive costs are mainly down to poorly insulated homes, many of which are thought to be the oldest and leakiest rental properties in Europe.’
‘Landlords that are currently renting out F and G rated properties should be looking at the improvements they can make and researching costs and available help, through the Energy Saving Advice Service (ESAS) or Home Energy Scotland.’